Our great friend Huttonian (http://www.huttonian.blogspot.com/) makes frequent mention of Mendicant* Piper and his prodigous volume in the regions of Princes Street, Edinburgh. No photos yet, but we are working on it.
For those of you without the benefit of a classical education definitions are provided below.
Just to show that nowhere is immune from mendicant musicians we provide this sample from High Street, Inverness. Note passer-by studiously ignoring 'muso', obviouly a music lover/local. And is it/was it ever polo season in Inverness?
*Mendicant: a. begging (of friar) living solely on alms n. beggar: mendicant friar. From the Latin: mendicus: beggar. Oxford English Dictionary.
*Mendicant: pain in the a*se. From the Latin: getawaytaebuggeryustus. Scots Farmers Dictionary.
Ever needed to avoid working on a Monday morning but still need to look busy as perfected by cooncil workmen, polismen and comic singers the world over?
Our suggestion is to play the 'type Coldstream into Google' game.
Here are ten early results;
1. Booze Just when you think Google has hit on a potential future sponsor, you realise ra-internet is a world wide thingy and not just a local thingy. http://www.coldstreambrewery.com.au/ Anyone spot the flaw in this potential new sponsor? Good tour though.
8. Avoiding mad muslims Unless your Gran is the Queen this used to be the best way to be in the army, wear outlandish uniforms, but stay at home guarding Buckingham Palace and so avoid having to dodge the bullets fired at you by mad muslims. (Also known as 'working your ticket' or 'scarce as a Guardsman's **** east of Sueze'). However, in these times of equality for all and thanks to Tony Blair for fighting wars everywhere and anywhere this is no longer the case and our brave boys happily sweat it out in Iraq while polishing their trumpets. http://www.army.mod.uk/coldstreamguardsband/
9. Dressing up Did you like dressing up and playing sodjers doon the woods? Maybe you would still like to! Maybe you like dressing up and playing with sodjers. These guys do both and seem quite happy about it. Who are we to argue: http://www.civilwardrobe.demon.co.uk/home.htm
The visit by the d'Origny-en-Thierache brass band was a great success. While the concert in Kelso square was the musical highlight there were many other great moments at various socials, dances and other gatherings.
Many congratulations to the organisers for putting on such a great week and all the bands involved for great fun.
The following posts contain some assorted memories courtesy of John Fulton; starting with the welcome party.